VICIOUS CIRCLE: Circle of the Doomed: 7”

Jul 20, 2022

Australian music seems to factor heavily into my world these days. Current bands like Amyl And The Sniffers, The Chats, and Private Function, as well as discovering older stuff I was unaware of like The Victims. Well, let’s add Vicious Circle to the latter list. This record is a reissue of the band’s 1984 demo (with an additional song from 1985), and right off the bat I was intrigued. Usually when thinking about old punk rock from Australia, I find it is almost invariably more along the lines of more ’70s-sounding stuff (Radio Birdman, The Saints, or the aforementioned Victims) whereas Vicious Circle clearly travels a North American hardcore path. I am not sure if this had to be cleaned up or not, but it sure sounds good for a damn near forty year old demo tape. Tight, legible hardcore. Clear vocals, just how I like. I’m not sure how they slipped past me but now I’m off to search out what else I have missed from these guys. –Ty Stranglehold (Not Like You)

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